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The Crash of Rhinos

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The Crash of Rhinos is set in South Africa and Australia. The title is a play on words; a 'crash' being the collective noun for rhinos, but it also describes the carnage wrought by poachers in Africa who have slaughtered more than 10,000 rhinos in the past decade to feed , Read More
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ISBN: 9780648757801

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The Crash of Rhinos

The Crash of Rhinos is set in South Africa and Australia. The title is a play on words; a 'crash' being the collective noun for rhinos, but it also describes the carnage wrought by poachers in Africa who have slaughtered more than 10,000 rhinos in the past decade to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for rhino horn in some Asian countries. The book tells the story of the creation and progress of The Australian Rhino Project, founded by Ray Dearlove, which plans to bring rhinos from Africa to Australia to keep them safe and hopefully prevent them from becoming extinct and, when the risk has passed, to return them to their rightful home in Africa. The book starkly points out that any complacency about possible extinction of the remaining rhinos in the world is a real risk. This is best demonstrated by the extinction of the Western Black Rhino species in 2011 and, in the case of the Northern White Rhino, only two aged females remain on planet earth with this species doomed to extinction. The book suggests that the tipping point for rhinos in the wild has been reached - where the kill rate exceeds the birth rate emphasizing the urgency required for innovative solutions. And all of this has been allowed to happen on our watch. The book explores the motives and motivation of each of the players in this high- stakes game - the ruthlessness of the international poaching syndicates; the extraordinary amounts of money at stake and the bravery of the rangers on the frontline of this undeclared war. The author skilfully weaves in his personal experiences and encounters with many of the heroes and some villains who are front and centre of what is literally a fight for survival. The author shines a light on the systemic corruption implicit in governments from Africa to Asia which causes such misery to ordinary and often innocent people. There are happy moments and there are sad first-hand experiences. He attempts to describe the drivers behind the poachers' reasons for killing wildlife and putting their own lives at risk, asking the question, is it need or is it greed? Importantly, the author offers hope for the future of rhinos and other endangered species. As Dr Jane Goodall is quoted as saying, 'The Crash of Rhinos shows us just how much one person can achieve' All proceeds of the sales of the books have been directed to the Black Mambas, the all- female anti-poaching unit.